Early on Sunday morning I set out to photograph a few scenes around the district. I am working on a small project for Fairfax Community Church and Paul Snyder, their communications director asked me for some scenes from around the area. Of the images I captured yesterday morning, these two turned out to be my favorite.
The first shot above is the National Capitol Columns. Housed at the Ellipse Meadow in the National Arboretum, these columns were removed from the US Capitol building when the eastward expansion was built in 1958. After being in storage, it was decided they would be restored and used to create a new monument in the National Arboretum.
I shot this right after the arboretum opened in the morning. The sun was still low, and the sky was cloudy. I set up and took a few shots while the sun hid behind some clouds. But during a short moment, the Sun peaked out and provided some nice golden tones for my photo. I’ll have to wait until the Fall or Winter when sunset is closer to the arboretum’s closing time (5 pm) in order to get a photo from the other side.
The second photo I took yesterday that pleased me was this photo of the Lincoln Memorial. The golden light provided by the early morning Sun helped make this image a favorite from yesterday.
I took a few different shots in this set up, mainly so I could easily Photoshop out the few runners and tourists that were milling about. I decided to photograph the memorial at this angle instead of the typical straight-on angle. I also tried to use the lines in the sidewalk to help act as leading lines to bring the eye to the building.